The unemployment rate in Mississippi was
7.2 percent in July, up from 6.9 percent in June, according to the
state Department of Employment Security.
MDES officials said Friday the increase was mainly due to
seasonal layoffs of non-contract school employees.
"An already crowded labor market simply could not absorb all
those seeking work as the number of unemployed rose by 4,900 when
compared to June," said Wayne Gasson, MDES' chief of labor market
"If past trends hold true, August should bring some relief from
rising joblessness as student job seekers exit the labor force and
school employees return to work."
DeSoto and Rankin counties had the lowest unemployment rate of
4.4 percent followed by Lamar County at 4.8 percent.
Clay County, which has been hit with a number of plant closures,
had the highest rate at 19.5 percent followed by Jefferson County
at 18.7 percent and Noxubee at 13.8 percent.